Seven authoritative transmissions

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Seven authoritative transmissions (Tib. བཀའ་བབས་བདུན་, ka bab dün; Wyl. bka' babs bdun) received by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa:

  1. kama (Tib. བཀའ་མ་, Wyl. bka' ma) — the continuous transmission of sutra and tantra
  2. sa ter (Tib. ས་གཏེར་, Wyl. sa gter) — earth treasures
  3. yang ter (Tib. ཡང་གཏེར་, Wyl. yang gter) — rediscovered treasures
  4. gong ter (Tib. དགོངས་གཏེར་, Wyl. dgongs gter) — mind treasures
  5. nyen gyü (Tib. སྙན་བརྒྱུད་, Wyl. snyan brgyud) — oral transmission
  6. dak nang (Tib. དག་སྣང་, Wyl. dag snang) — visionary revelations or 'pure visions'
  7. jé dren (Tib. རྗེས་དྲན་, Wyl. rjes dran) — revelations from memory

Alternative Translations

  • Seven orders of teachings (Tulku Thondup)
  • Seven successions of the transmitted precepts (Dorje & Kapstein)

Oral Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Further Reading

  • Andreas Doctor, Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2005, pp.84-101